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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume I. Of Home: of Friendship.  1904.
 
Poems of Home: I. About Children
Children
Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)
 
CHILDREN are what the mothers are.
No fondest father’s fondest care
Can fashion so the infant heart
As those creative beams that dart,
With all their hopes and fears, upon        5
The cradle of a sleeping son.
 
His startled eyes with wonder see
A father near him on his knee,
Who wishes all the while to trace
The mother in his future face;        10
But ’t is to her alone uprise
His waking arms; to her those eyes
Open with joy and not surprise.
 
 
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